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Pallone on Federal Judge's Decision to Overturn the Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Tuesday released the following statement in response to a federal judge in New Orleans, LA blocking a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf.

"This is a reckless decision that goes against both the president's decision to enact a moratorium and the recommendations of the president's bi-partisan commission to study the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In the two months since the spill occurred, we have found neither a cause of the spill or a way to fix the leaking pipe. Given this, how can we possibly move forward with deepwater drilling? I'm emphatically opposed to any new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere off America's coastline and support the administration's decision to challenge this ruling."

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